Challenging the notion put forth by leftist apologists that the 9/11 Truther Jones is no longer a communist, Harper writes:
And just to be clear, Van Jonesâ€™ â€œmarket-based ideasâ€ consist of convincing California business and developers to include eco-friendly job-training to Oaklandâ€™s economically underprivileged citizens and to prisoners reentering society. However, even in a communist nation there would still be a need for construction. Itâ€™s not likely, but some of it might even be eco-friendly. However, that doesnâ€™t necessarily mean that the project was guided by Adam Smithâ€™s invisible freakinâ€™ hand. And it doesnâ€™t make Jones a capitalist.
No, Jonesâ€™ political beliefs donâ€™t appear to have changed much since his days as â€œa leading member of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), aÂ Bay Area Marxist-Maoist collective that was staffed by members of various local nonprofits, a number of whom had ties to the Ella Baker Center.â€ The only thing that has changed is Jonesâ€™ tactics.
Back in 2000, Jones realized that ordinary Americans are turned-off by radical ideas and that as long as he looked and sounded like a radical (what Jones called â€œthe radical poseâ€), Jonesâ€™ far-left agenda had no hope of mainstream acceptance. He understood that if he wanted to further his agenda, he would need to maintain the semblance of a moderate, to whom ordinary Americans would be responsive.